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How to affordably visit the Valley of the Sun

As winter arrives and temperatures fall, this time of year is the perfect season to visit Phoenix, AZ. A great destination for outdoor adventuring, Phoenix features many high-end sports and resort venues. You don’t have to break the bank to visit and immerse yourself in Phoenix’s attractions, though. There are plenty of things to do, meals to eat and places to stay in the area that you can experience on a limited budget.

Where to visit in Phoenix

If you want to save money touring Phoenix, its parks and museums should be at the top of your itinerary.

You can’t visit Phoenix without hiking Camelback Mountain. Schedule an afternoon to scale this peak that offers tremendous views in every direction. Nearby, the South Mountain Park desert preserve is also essential for hiking and biking, as it is one of the largest city parks in the world. VisitPhoenix.com also highly recommends the Waterfall Trail at White Tank Regional Park.

For flatter paths that don’t involve scaling rocks, mosey around the riparian habitats in Phoenix. These educational nature preserves connect the public with places to witness indigenous wildlife and plants. Also, schedule time to see the one-of-a-kind Desert Botanical Garden.

If you’d prefer to explore the scenery from the comfort of your car, the Apache Trail is arguably the most famous drive in the state, giving travelers spectacular views of geological formations, cliffs, lakes and various flora. For a free sightseeing adventure downtown, hop on the free trolley system that navigates set routes around and through Scottsdale. It’s also a great way to get some information from local guides.

Some of the museums that offer affordable admission costs and hours of exhibits include the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art, Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona Capitol Museum. Many of the city’s museums offer free admission on certain days each month; you should call them for information before scheduling your visit.

Where to eat in Phoenix

You probably haven’t heard much about the food scene in Phoenix, but there are some fantastic eats to be found in and around the city. Many innovative local eateries are combining the influences of Southwest and Mexican cuisine with national and international inspirations.

You don’t have to go to a four-star restaurant to experience Phoenix flavors, though. According to TripAdvisor users, great restaurants with affordable menus to try include Carolina’s Mexican food, a landmark counter-serve establishment; La Santisima, boasting innovative tacos and a salsa bar; and Chino Bandido, which mixes Mexican and Chinese cuisine.

Phoenix residents do love their dessert, and you can find many sweet treat shops around town. Karlynn Johnston of The Kitchen Magpie recommends getting an ice cream cone at Tortilla Flat near the Superstition Mountains and an ice cream cookie sandwich at Churn.

Where to stay in Phoenix

For overnight accommodations, skip the resorts in Tempe and save your money for other expenses. Look for chain hotels or local motels north of downtown Phoenix along I-17 or in the southeast suburbs of Scottsdale and Mesa.

With enough planning and insider travel tips, you can get the most out of your visit to Phoenix without spending more than you should.

This article is presented by Glenn E. Thomas Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Signal Hill, California.


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